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ACCA launches Foundations in Accountancy


22 Jul 2010

New suite of awards aims for maximum flexibility, maximum employability

ACCA announces Foundations in Accountancy, a new flexible suite of entry-level awards designed with both students and employers in mind.

Foundations in Accountancy is being introduced after detailed consultation with employers, learning providers, members, students and other professional accountancy bodies and regulators.

Retaining a revised Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification, Foundations in Accountancy provides a grounding in financial and management accounting, with professionalism and ethical behaviour at its core.

“For students, the flexible range of entry points means that they can begin at an appropriate level, avoiding duplication, so saving time and money in the long term,” says Aude Leonetti, ACCA acting executive director- learning. “They can complete qualifications in their own time, selecting those which best suit their own career aspirations.”

For the first time, Foundations in Accountancy will see certification awarded at each level, helping students to chart their progress, and employers to recruit and train to meet their particular business needs. The highly practical content means that the knowledge students acquire can be directly applied in the workplace, offering immediate benefits to existing and prospective employers.

“Employers need to know that they are taking on competent employees in account-support roles” says Aude Leonetti.  “And they can be assured that this new range of awards will train individuals to the same consistent and high standard of the full ACCA Qualification, which is recognised and perceived highly all over the world.”

“Employers can also be confident that candidates know how to conduct themselves professionally and ethically in the workplace, because completing the Foundations in Professionalism element is a prerequisite of receiving certification for any of the awards within Foundations in Accountancy.”

The wide-ranging syllabus spans the key elements of financial and management accounting, including an Accountant in Business module which puts students’ new knowledge into an economic, legal and regulatory context.

Flexibility is a key feature of ACCA’s new suite of awards in terms of assessment delivery and level of progression. ACCA has increased its computer-based offering and now offers students the choice of sitting exams by CBE or paper for the first seven exams which make up Foundations in Accountancy.

In addition, students can complete a combination of exams in order to achieve awards at different levels. For example, students can complete two of the core exams plus Foundations in Professionalism in order to complete the first level qualification – Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting or continue to progress to whichever level they choose.

Students who complete all seven core exams, two of three options from Foundations in Taxation, Financial Management and Audit, the Foundations in Professionalism module and a years’ work experience will have achieved the requirements to gain the CAT Qualification. However, those who wish to complete an-entry-level qualification to progress onto the ACCA Qualification, can do so after completing the Diploma in Accounting and Business.

Aude Leonetti concludes: “The accountancy profession is constantly evolving to meet the demands of how businesses operate, and nowhere is this more apparent than at an accounting-support level. The accounting technician of today and tomorrow needs a rigorous and flexible qualification to help them contribute to business performance and an ever-changing business landscape.”

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For further information, please contact:

Nick Cosgrove, ACCA Newsroom

+44 (0)20 7059 5989

+44 (0)7963 496144

Notes to Editors

         1. More details about Foundations in Accountancy can be found on ACCA’s website:

         2. Key dates - ACCA will first accept registrations onto Foundations in Accountancy from January 2011, with the first exam session in December 2011. Between now and that time the detail of the qualifications will be developed and communicated, including the syllabus and sample exam papers and practical experience requirements for those wishing to complete the CAT Qualification.

         3. ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

         4. Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We seek to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.

Cecile Bonino

Public Affairs and Media Relations Officer-EU ACCA

CBI business house

14 rue de la Science

BE-1040 Brussels

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